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Washington Wine Month Stop #9: Barrage Cellars

Barrage Cellars is a one man’s show but its performance is stunning and fully represents the terroir of Washington.

Our 9th stop on our Washington Winery tour will impress those who live for 100 percent varietals.

About Barrage Cellars:

Barrage Cellars is a boutique winery, located in Woodinville, Washington. Kevin Correll, owner and winemaker, is a one man operation who makes wine in the true Garagiste fashion with a focus on terroir and 100 percent varietals.

Barrage receives fruit from some of the finest vineyards and regions of Washington combined with some of the finest barrels from France. The winemaker is not against blending grapes of different varietals but prefers to showcase the elegance and nuances of single varietals from Washington State.

All About Kevin Correll:

Growing up in a family that did not partake much in the fruit of the gods, the few sips of wine Kevin tasted in his youth didn’t leave much of an impression.

Years later, he was offered a glass of 1982 Mouton-Rothschild. Not to offend, he accepted the wine, only to be amazed by what he tasted. This was when Kevin began to drink and collect wines to share and hoard as he saw fit. He also began to make his own wine at home in the garage, receiving many compliments from friends and family.

Enjoying the winemaking process, Kevin decided to volunteer at a winery for crush one year, then another, and another. The passion for making wine was something he couldn’t deny any longer, thus deciding to pursue his certificate in enology and graduated from UC Davis in 2008. One of the wineries he volunteered at allowed him to create his first barrel production and it was pretty darn good.

Debating if he should go all in and start his own winery, Kevin reflected on what he had often told his daughter as she grew up, “Do what you love and it will never feel like a job.”

What’s in a Name?:

The passion for winemaking started in the garage. Kevin’s first barrel production was made in a winery that was a remodeled barn. Garage-barn, barn-garage… keep playing with the words and you get BARRAGE. A seemingly perfect fit with the meaning to bombard or assault, which is what Correll hopes to do to your palate.

About the Wines:

2009 Nuclear Blonde Chardonnay    
100 percent Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes – This 2009 was 100 percent barrel fermented in “Burgundian” style using all neutral French oak with extended lees contact. The result is a wine that is refined with lots of ripe peach, pear, citrus and fresh pineapple with hints of butterscotch aromas which lead to a smooth and somewhat creamy texture without the overpowering presence of oak. This wine has lovely acidity and richness with concentrated flavors of pineapple and citrus with hints of nutmeg and almonds.

2010 Exclamation Riesling    
100 percent Riesling

Winemaker Notes – The aromas of this Riesling will tantalize you with sweet floral and citrus. The wine has 2.4 percent residual sugar but with great acid structure that balances the wine out nicely. Flavors of apricot, peach and citrus to start followed by a mouth watering tart finish is great for those nice warm summer days or to compliment a spicy dish or anything with citrus.

2009 Trifecta Merlot    
100 percent Merlot

Winemaker Notes – Deep ruby red in color, with aroma’s of perfume, violets, currants with hints of cedar and spice. On the palate it displays layers of red fruit with a slight grassy finish. Big structure and a great tannin mouthfeel that give this wine an elegant and long lasting finish. If you are looking for a big merlot this is it.

2009 Outcast Cabernet Franc    
100 percent Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes – This 100 percent Cabernet Franc has an aroma of black currant, blueberries, violets, sage and white pepper. It explodes on the palette with Cherries and currants followed lingering finish of white pepper, tobacco and leather. This wine is very approachable now but built to last for many more years.

2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon    
100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes – A deep purple color reminiscent of a new world syrah, but with that first taste there is no mistaking that this is a huge Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavors explode on the palette with complex layers of big red fruit, anise, tobacco and some graphite followed by huge. Fine grain tannins that are well integrated, but suited for aging.

 

Barrage Cellars

19501 144th Ave NE #800

Woodinville, WA 98072

(206) 251-4326

kevin@barragecellars.com

barragecellars.com

    

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    Theresa Dillon
    Theresa Dillon earned her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. In her spare time she enjoys reading, attending concerts, weekly trivia nights, watching movies (especially her favorite The Wizard of Oz), and of course wine.